Holiday ornaments are an easy way to give an awesome gift. I love that my tree is filled with mostly gifted ornaments – I have some that my aunt made for me in the late 80s, and early 90s, and I love putting up my tree and having a nice memory attached to each ornament. I mean, not that ‘remember that time we went to Target and bought these’ can’t be a nice memory, but it’s fun when some of them have a deeper story.
I have a ton of embroidered ornaments that my aunts made me when I was little, and I love them. So, I thought I’d try an updated version to keep the tradition alive. I don’t have any nieces or nephews yet, but I do have little cousins who I adore, and bonus – they can’t even read this blog so I can talk about it here!
I wanted to do something with a graphic twist, so I went with big letters and fun patterns. It took me a little while to hit my stride – I would definitely recommend just doing cross stitch or straight stitch variations if you’re not a super experienced embroiderer, but it was really fun, and quick! I ended up ordering some ornament frames online, but they didn’t come with cardboard backs, which was a bummer. I think if I were doing it again, I’d get some 2 piece mason jar lids, spray paint them, and use that. It would save a lot of time cutting out cardboard circles! I also found this sweet book online - there are so many ideas for embroidering monograms in there – I did quite a few of these and I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of ideas I wanted to try. It’s a great resource. Actually, even if you aren’t going to do this project, if you are a designer you should definitely check it out.
Tell me about your favorite ornament memories in the comments! David and I both have a bunch of ornaments we made when we were little – he was cracking me up this year with his snarky commentary on the stylings of young David – some of them are pretty classic.